Better than New
He prays to God and finds favor with him, he sees God’s face and shouts for joy; he is restored by God to his righteous state.
Kathy and I had friends who bought a really old home to restore, and they wanted us to see it. It was late in the afternoon when we arrived, and there was no electricity, no plumbing—it was awful. They were so excited, and all I thought was “money pit.” Months later we went back to visit, and it was amazing, one of the most beautiful homes I had ever seen. It had central heat and air, indoor plumbing, cool gadgets, everything! When they restored it, it wasn’t even the same house that was first built; it was much better. That’s what God does through spiritual restoration: He makes you better than new. Instead of revisiting the opportunities of yesterday, He brings all the opportunities of today and makes them yours.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your promise of restoration. Thank You that You can make all things, even me, better than new. Lord, I seek Your favor as I live out my days in the earth. And when I see Your face, I will shout with joy! In Jesus’ name, amen.
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